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E-189 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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UPDATED: Lawsuit information page for SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener): Primary elections: ballot access: tax returns.
IN TODAY'S NOONER:
By the listing of fundraisers today in the Capitol Morning Report, it must be a deadline week! There are 21 opportunities to get face time before members today, starting with 8am breakfasts and ending with 11 different evening soirees covering basically every spot near the Capitol.
The state needs to buy memberships for everyone at one of the K Street gyms after today's exposition of legislative and culinary gluttony. We'd try walking, but it's hot and if folks haven't noticed, many of our sidewalks have become thoroughfares of rental, personal, and stolen bikes.
I can't say anything as my normal smoothie while writing has been replaced with cold pizza this fine morning.
It's going to be a busy day all around and it started early this morning. As supporters of Senator Anna Caballero and Assemblyman Mark Stone gather for breakfast funders, the opponents of SB 276 (Pan) on vaccinations are gathering on the east lawn for a lobbying training before a 1pm rally on the south steps. Meanwhile, at 10:45, supporters of AB 5 (Gonzalez) gather on the north side at the conclusion of a "motor pilgrimage" from around the state.
AB 5 supporters rallied yesterday outside Uber headquarters in San Francisco, reports Sruti Mamidanna for KQED.
Gibran and I sit down with Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) this afternoon for a pod recording and there are plenty of topics that we hope to pick his brain on.
Our friend Alex Vassar put together a fun tweet listing the last names of every person to have served in the Assembly while E. Dotson Wilson has been chief clerk. Your challenge is figuring out how many first names you can identify. He tweets "...no, @BenAllenCA and @AnthonyCannella are not correct answers; (they didn't serve in the Assembly)."
Those are easy ones!
AD01 (Northeast Cal.): Yesterday was the special primary election for the Assembly previously held by now-Senator Brian Dahle (R). Not surprisingly Megan Dahle placed first among Republicans and will be a strong favorite in the November 5 runoff. Here are the results as of this morning:
Similar to Senator Dahle's special election earlier this year, Megan Dahle was buoyed by an independent expenditure campaign by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and California Association of Realtors.
Betancourt actually outperformed Hillary Clinton's results in the district. In 2016, Clinton received 36.1%, and even if Jill Stein's 2.4% in the district is added, Betancourt did well. Gavin Newsom captured 38.8% in 2018, so I think we pretty much have a ceiling for Democrats in the district just shy of 40%. Dahle will easily win the runoff.
PG&E: In the Chron, J.D. Morris reports that the bankruptcy of PG&E continues to get more complicated as the magnitude of wildfire liability continues to grow and the mechanism to pay the claims awaits legislative action.
THE GREAT DIVIDE: In the Times, Sammy Roth reports that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power board of commissioners is balking at approving a 25-year contract for possibly record low pricing for a solar project. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which represents LADWP employees, is unhappy with Mayor Eric Garcetti Green New Deal proposal, which includes shuttering three natural gas plants that represent about 400 IBEW jobs.
And this, my friends, is why the Democratic National Committee rejected over the weekend calls for a party-sponsored presidential debate solely on climate issues. While proponents of the national Green New Deal and local efforts like that of Mayor Garcetti assert that jobs in the "new" economy will easily exceed those of the traditional economy, that argument carries zero weight in a union hall. And, the promise of retraining opportunities is no solace to a 55-year-old lineman that is looking to retire in five years. He has a job, skills for that job, and has no interest in retraining now.
The environmental-labor component of the Democrats' coalition has always been challenging. For my years in Yolo County politics, there was always a debate between environmentalists who wanted to have a "wild" Cache Creek while the Operating Engineers supported continued gravel mining on the waterway that runs from Clear Lake through the northwestern portion of the county on its way to the Sacramento River. There was no identifiable middle ground and both sides had a "with us or against us" approach.
Don't get me wrong. I know several folks with solid labor credentials who support the Green New Deal and vice-versa. However, there's a difference between supporting it with qualifiers about items like job protections. That requires semantics that don't make it into a debate when 10 candidates are on the same stage looking for knives to use against their opponents.
My friend Dan Morain is on this issue for CalMatters this morning and it transcends most of the state's critical policy areas.
Thus, next Wednesday, CNN has ten separate town halls with individual presidential candidates and a majority of the DNC are just fine with it. The series of events is scheduled from 2pm to 9pm PDT, with each scheduled with various anchors for 40 minutes each.
TAX EXPENDITURES: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at the pushback to tax breaks, such as the film credit, and prospect of rolling back the loopholes as called for by education groups. Hold on to your hats folks, Walters says they are unlikely to change.
FURRIES: In the LAT, Sonja Sharp reports on AB 44 (Friedman), the bill to ban the sale of new undomesticated fur products, with the author of the bill and key player Senate Approps chair Anthony Portantino coming from the same area. Sharp writes:
"The assemblywoman who wrote the fur products prohibition and the state senator who could kill the measure represent overlapping districts in Glendale and Burbank. The animal rights organization that helped craft the ban is headquartered in Sherman Oaks, the fur industry’s national lobby across the San Fernando Valley in Porter Ranch. Los Angeles recently became the largest American city to outlaw the sale, manufacture or trade of most fur products, but that hasn’t stopped Angelenos from flocking to buy them.
The state bill passed the Assembly on a bipartisan vote and is currently being weighed by the Senate appropriations committee, where it will remain until Thursday. State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who chairs the committee and will determine whether AB 44 can move forward, declined through a spokesman to comment on the bill."
2020: With the new polls out this morning, it appears that Tom Steyer will not be on the debate stage September 12 in Houston as the San Francisco former hedge fund manager continues at 0% support. Also not qualifying is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, meaning it will be a one-night affair and the risk of a second debate on Friday and the prospect of an unlikely draw for an event few would watch has passed.
MUNI MATTERS, CAKEDAY, and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...
LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Doug Smith writes up a new audit being released today of the nonprofit organization the City of Angels rely on for homeless outreach, and it's not pretty. Smith writes:
"The audit found that, despite having more than doubled its staff of outreach workers in the last two years, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority missed seven of nine goals during the 2017-18 fiscal year and five of eight last fiscal year.
“The goals that were set by the city are not unreasonable,” [Controller Ron] Galperin told The Times. “Quite frankly, they are [setting a] pretty low bar to begin with. If you can’t meet the low bar, that’s a problem.”
In other news from our state's largest city, the sheriff's deputy who falsely claimed being shot by a sniper in an agency parking lot is, well, out of a job and just might be looking to become a parking attendant. Seriously, not everybody can be the next Guillermo.
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to William Berry, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Crystal Strait, and Elaine Yamaguchi!